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Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

  As public health preparedness and response efforts evolved from their initial bioterrorism roots to take on an “all hazards” approach, the public health consequences of natural hazards have come fully into focus for governmental public health entities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines natural hazards as “environmental phenomena that have the potential to impact societies and the human environment,” with some examples including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and severe winter storms. FEMA’s 2023 National…

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Primary Care Investments to Increase Community Resilience

Community health centers are medical lifelines for millions of Americans However financial constraints and healthcare workforce challenges strain these critical resources New initiatives and additional investments can help communities be more resilient and continue to meet community needs during a crisis
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Mental Awareness to Enhance Preparedness

Emergency managers public health officials and first responders often stress the importance of physical fitness but what about mental fitness Without focused mental agility in even one of the emergency management phases mistakes or subpar performance are likely Learn about this author s new acronym that can help prioritize mental
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Dungeons and Disasters: Gamification of Public Health Responses

New technologies offer new ways to train personnel and exercise public health responses like COVID 19 and prepare response agencies for many other threats and hazards Gamification integrates realistic scenarios in a controlled environment that can enhance community capabilities and build interagency collaboration and coordination Learn more about this training
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Interoperability During Mass Casualty Incidents

During a mass casualty incident response agencies must be able to communicate in real time This means that interoperability plans need to include everyone involved in the response One lesson learned from past incidents is that hospitals are an often overlooked responder Learn what one agency is doing to close

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Reducing Workplace Violence in Healthcare Facilities

Violence in healthcare facilities significantly challenges patients providers support staff visitors and first responders However healthcare specific information and tools can help protect staff patients

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Shielding Communities: Public Health Strategies for Natural Hazards

  As public health preparedness and response efforts evolved from their initial bioterrorism roots to take on an “all hazards” approach, the public health consequences of natural hazards have come fully into focus for governmental public health entities. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) defines natural hazards as “environmental phenomena that have the potential to impact societies and the human environment,” with some examples including hurricanes, earthquakes, tornados, and severe winter storms. FEMA’s 2023 National…

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Biosafety Laboratory Issues and Failures

Concerns regarding unexpected biological incidents and their public health implications were discussed in a 2014 Domestic Preparedness biosecurity and bioterrorism article From the improper possession

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